I am having the steering wheel on my late father's 1957 300C restored by a fellow in New Jersey named Bob Monetti - his website is www.steeringwheelbob.com He has repaired the cracks and recontoured the finger grooves, etc., and it is now ready for paint. He wants me to tell him a PPG paint code for the "Desert Beige" color recommended in Wayne Graefen's 300C Restoration Handbook - the color that is used on the dash panels and the upper part of the steering wheel. However, Wayne's book does not list a PPG code. The Handbook shows the following manufacturer codes for "Desert Beige":
DITZLER 21281 COOK 832-N-103 DUCO 2629 ACME 22-8272
The only automotive paint place here in Las Cruces carries only "Matrix" paints, and since PPG is a competitor, he doesn't have across-reference to the PPG paint code that Mr. Monetti needs. (Apparently M. Monetti is only comfortable painting the wheel with PPG acrylic enamel) The PPG dealer 45 miles away in El Paso was singularly uncooperative and angrily snatched the books of color chips away as soon as he found out that I only wanted to FIND the appropriate code, and was not planning to actually PURCHASE the paint there! He said he was there to sell me a product, NOT to give away his expertise for free! - absolutely the worst attitude I have encountered in this extensive four-year restoration process!
My subsequent online research indicates that Ditzler and PPG paint codes are the same, as PPG apparently acquired Ditzler Color Company in 1928.
Can any members please help me confirm (or refute) that the modern PPG paint code for the 1957 Chrysler 300 color called "Desert Beige" is the same as for Ditzler 21281?
Thanks for the help.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
1957 Chrysler 300C convertible White/Gauguin S/N 3N572517
Posted by: Ray Melton <rfmelton@xxxxxxx>
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